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Many GymPoems On One Page by Jim Nasium
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Ever Wonder
click here to go to The Complete Index A Message In A Bottle
The Jungle Life
Again, All Alone
The Old Swimming Hole
The Thursday After Next
Eye To Eye
The Kept Woman
I Changed My Ways
The Next Person
Where She Lives
A Little Sad & Blue
Waiting For Dawn
She Would Always Be My Friend
He Always Thought That She Would
The poem I wrote for the GymArt you see here




The Jungle Life

No man made sounds to distract him
as he sits alone at night
no glare coming in through the window
from the bright neon light
no place to be in the morning
here his time is his own
he has nothing to do at all
his seeds have all been sown

No traffic jams on the highway
here there are only dirt trails
not even one airport close by
there is no train or train rails
it's a place that hasn't changed much
since the beginning of time
the air here is not polluted
the rivers are free of slime

No one here seems to mind to much
if he sticks around
they really seem to like him
they think he is a clown
he makes them smile and gives them gifts
he only wants to help them grow
they come by and spend time with him
they tell him everything he needs to know

No TV's or computers here
no radios or electricity
just candle light on moonless nights
that's just enough light for him to see
to sit and write his story
to draw the tale out for you
about a man who needed adventure
what else was he to do

No good has ever come from
a long drawn out goodbye
so he went with out a word
she sits and wonders why
he didn't take her with him
to live the jungle life
no matter where he went you know
she would go, if he'd make her his wife

No time for marriage or settling down
he is too young at heart
too bad she didn't understand
who he was right from the start
he is The Last Great Bachelor
The Boy Man he has been called too
now he's where he needs to be
sometimes dreams do come true

No plans at all for the future
living one day at a time
deep in the heart of the jungle
a place where there is no crime
no hate, no war, no jealousy
no one cares for material gains
it's so very beautiful there
he can play out in the rain

No one could ever understand
until they live the jungle life
and experience the joy of living
relaxed, with out the strife
that comes from being in the modern world
it's getting worse and worse each day
tell me what was he supposed to do
he had no choice but to run away
2000 Jim Nasium

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Ever Wonder

Ever wonder why things go wrong
when you try hard to make them right
do you understand why you're alone
each and every night
can't you see what's going on
is part of His perfect plan
it don't matter if you like it or not
or even if you understand

Ever wonder why
when you do the best you can
you're forced to do it over
again and again and again
the same old thing day after day
not much at all is new
don't worry too much about it
He has a plan for you

Ever wonder when and where
this thing called life will end
and when it does will we
really live again
forever in a better place
if we follow His rules
or are we just wasting our time
and being played for fools

Ever wonder why nothing goes right
and things just seem to get worse
do you think that maybe
your life has been cursed
take your time and go slow
don't worry about it at all
there's not much you can do anyhow
when your back's up against the wall

The powers that be are watching you
to see what you will do
and since you have a free will
be sure to use it to
do only the things you know are right
and then maybe some day
all your troubles will stop
and He will have His way
2000 Jim Nasium

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He Always Thought That She Would


They met on line in a chat room
just a few years ago
and after their very first chat
somehow, they both seemed to know
that they had met some body
like the person they were looking for
they had only just met on line
but they both wanted more

He invited her up for the weekend
she was very eager to go
and so they got a hotel room
I guess you already know
what they did that weekend
was none of what they had planned
but they did what they felt was right
it's important that you understand

The weekend went by so quickly
they didn't want it to end
so they both agreed that
they'd have to do this again
just as soon as they could
and that next time should be longer too
after all there is so much that
the two new lovers wanted to do

The weeks apart went by so slowly
then at last the time came
for the two new lovers
to be together, in the hotel again
they were both so very happy
to be in each other arms
the love they made was so hot
they set off the fire alarm

She decided that she wanted to move
to his town to be closer to him
he said he didn't mind at all
cause with out her his future was dim
and so she got a little place
on the island just up the street
but he stayed on the mainland

and only went to her for a treat

The years past by quickly
and nothing seemed to change
she lived in her island home
and he in his, with no plans to rearrange
the way that things were going
it seemed they went as far as they could
too bad she wanted too much from him
he always thought that she would

They met on line in a chat room
just a few years ago
and after their very first chat
somehow, they both seemed to know
that they had met some body
like the person they were looking for
too bad things just didn't work out
they don't see each other much any more...
2000 Jim Nasium

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Waiting For Dawn

It always ends the same way for me
I don't know what I got till it's gone
but I know what a difference a day can make
so I sit and wait for the dawn

I know that things are not gonna be
the way that they once were
I try real hard to see what the future holds
but all I see is a blur

The dream I have is the same all the time
I just go round and round
I know there is something out there for me
but so far it has not been found

The days grow shorter, the nights are too long
the air now has a chill
I think it's time to return to a place
that warms my cold heart still

I know a place that's better for me
and now that you have gone away
I know it's time to take care of myself
so I think I will start today

I never knew what I had at all
and now that you have gone
I recall what a difference a day can make
so I sit and wait for the dawn
2000 Jim Nasium

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The poem I wrote for the GymArt you see here


My time is going by too fast
I don't know what to do
I am not alone here
I think I can see you
I wonder would you tell me
what I'm supposed to do
my time goes by way too fast
I fear soon my time will be through
2000 Jim Nasium

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The Thursday After Next


We said our last goodbyes at the station
we had got there just in time
she kissed me and got on the train
I can still see it all in my mind
I recall her telling me, very clearly
that she'd be home on Wednesday
I just got the first e mail from her
and this is what she had to say

"I'm in a hurry, I am using someone's computer to send you this, I am leaving here at 2 am, I'll be back Thursday after next, just wanted to say bye"
After reading her words I was inspired to write the poem below to her

you told me you'd be back this Wednesday
now you say it's next Thursday
I wonder what you're doing
and if you're going to stay
I wonder will I ever
get to see you again
if I don't at least I know
that you were once my friend

too bad you wanted more from me
than I was willing to give
too bad you didn't like me
or the way I live
too bad you didn't understand
that I had you in my heart
too bad we couldn't see that we
were doomed right from the start

you said you'd be back on Wednesday
now you say it's next Thursday
you know I really hate it
when you go away
but maybe it is better
for you to be there now
because to tell you the truth
I haven't much free time anyhow

between my work and my son
my mother and then there is my sleep
I haven't time for anything
but the unseen things that creep
into my life like you going
away again from me
what can I say, if you want to go away
that's just the way it's gonna be

so stay as long as you want
and do what ever you will do
ever since you came back home last time
we both knew, right then, that we were through
you know what you are doing right now
but me, I will never know
and so I can only guess
I hate it so much when you go

some day you will crawl back to me
like so many times before
but this time when I hear your knock
on my locked front door
I will be sure to take a look
through the little peep hole
and if it's you I'll not let you in
I swear it by my own soul

you told me you be home Wednesday
then you write me the first time in 3 days
you told me you were having a good time
and that you enjoyed your stays
with your friends and family
but I know what you're up too
and it is for that exact reason
that you and I are through
2000 Jim Nasium

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The Old Swimming Hole


the old swimming hole is a place
that I hold dear in my heart
and so I took my son there today
so that his memories of the place could start
but what I saw when I got there
brought a tear to my eye
it seems that folks have destroyed it
and I can't understand why

the old swimming hole was not the same
as it once was for me, today
it changed since I was a boy
this is really hard for me to say
but since I had my son with me
I tried to make it fun
I didn't want to tell him
that the old swimming hole was done

the old swimming hole has litter
thrown all over the place
and broken glass and beer cans
on the ground, it is a disgrace
many of the tress are gone
they have all been cut down
and burnt in giant fires
that have destroyed the ground

the old swimming hole's clear water
is now a thing of the past
there is this green bubbly stuff
and it is spreading fast
I can't believe a place that
is as beautiful as this place can be
has been destroyed by others
and could never be the same for me

the old swimming hole was a lot of fun
for my boy, but what did he know
this is the very first time
he had ever been allowed to go
with me to this magical place
that is so far away
we didn't stay very long
but we had a lot of fun there today
2000 Jim Nasium

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I Changed My Ways


Walking the beach at sunset
I saw her standing there
she had taken off all of her clothes
even her underwear
she stood by the waters edge and
she cried out to the setting sun
"how could you go and leave me
now another day of my life is done"
as she spoke these words to
the sun that now was gone
I knew I had to talk to her
but didn't want to approach her wrong
so when the last flicker of red that
had once brightened up the sky
disappeared I called to her
when she turned, I saw a tear in her eye
I asked what was wrong and if
there was anything I could do
she said just sit and talk to me
so I did, till half past two
then she asked me to tell her my name
and said she liked me a lot
she asked what I was doing here
I told her that I forgot
and that nothing matters anymore
to me, since I met her
then I woke to the rising sun
and every thing was a blur
was this all a dream I had
I dream a lot these days
it's just the way that I spend time
now that I have changed my ways
2000 Jim Nasium

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Eye To Eye


She's about as tall as I am
and we both have the same color hair
when she gets close to me
I try to show her I care
but we have this one big problem
no matter how hard we try
we just can't seem to fix the fact
that we don't see eye to eye

She's about as tall as I am
but she comes from some other place
and even when I'm standing there
looking her in the face
no matter what the subject is
no matter how hard I try
we just don't seem to agree
we can't see eye to eye
2000 Jim Nasium

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The Kept Woman


She stays at home all day
while her husband goes off to work
she loves to spend the money he earns
and thinks he is a jerk
she never really loved him
only what he could give
she wanted to be kept because she's lazy
and it's the only way she could live
the life style she wanted
she loves to live high on the hog
but one of these days her husband
will realize that, and break out of the fog,BR> and then he will divorce her
and she'll be on her own
no longer a kept woman
so lost, and all alone...
2000 Jim Nasium

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Where She Lives


where she lives they have no birthdays
it's a very sad place to be
sometimes when the bombs are dropping
there is no radio or TV
she has to stay inside all the time
and she must cover her face
for her to go with no covering
would only bring her disgrace
she is safe now down in the basement
the only place to hide away
when the bombs are dropping
I want to give her a birthday
a party with cake and ice cream
and a clown to do a magic act
I want to give her a birthday
and I tell you all that's a fact

where she lives they have no birthdays
not even when she was a girl
and I know that this sounds very strange to us all
over here, in the new world
but many of these third world countries
are not as lucky as we
after all we live here in the USA
and it is the land of the free
I hope that I will have a chance
to give a birthday party to her one day
I want to give her a birthday
just to see what she would say
when she sees people gather
together to have some fun
instead of hiding away from the bombs
that keep them on the run
2000 Jim Nasium

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A Message In A Bottle

I wrote a message and put it in a bottle
seal it, and throw it out to sea
I hope that some day she will find it
and return the bottle to me
the message is my name on paper
no other words on it did I write
once the bottle is returned to me
the message will start that night
2000 Jim Nasium

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Now That I Have Changed My Ways


Walking the beach at sunset
I saw her standing there
she had taken off all of her clothes
even her underwear
she stood by the waters edge and
she cried out to the setting sun
"how could you go and leave me
now another day of my life is done"
as she spoke these words to
the sun that now was gone
I knew I had to talk to her
but didn't want to approach her wrong
so when the last flicker of red that
had once brightened up the sky
disappeared I called to her
when she turned, I saw a tear in her eye
I asked what was wrong and if
there was anything I could do
she said just sit and talk to me
so I did, till half past two
then she asked me to tell her m
y name and said she liked me a lot
she asked what I was doing here
I told her that I forgot
and that nothing matters anymore
to me, since I met her
then I woke to the rising sun
and every thing was a blur
was this all a dream I had
I dream a lot these days
it's just the way that I spend time
now that I have changed my ways
2000 Jim Nasium

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A Little Sad & Blue


there was a time when
you were my best friend
and some days I wish
that time could come back again
I sit alone and think about
all we used to do
I still get excited
when I think about you

The way that you fit
when we cuddled up tight
and whispered sweet nothings
to each other at night
the way that you kissed me
was something unreal
when our breathe mixed in my lungs
I can't explain how good you made me feel

You kept me in heat
just by being near
and we shared so much
there was a lot we held dear
and now that your gone
your memory dances in my head
from early in the morning
till night, when I lay alone in bed

like no one before you
you were unique
and to this day
I still seek
for someone that's like you
just a little bit
I miss you so much
I can't handle it

I read about you
in the paper every day
and now you hit the big time
what can I say
I knew you had it in you
right from the start
but to become a star
did you have to break my heart

your finally in movies
and got a CD out too
and I heard there's a book deal
coming soon to you
I am so happy for you
and yet I am sad
we were so good together
you were the best I ever had

you told me you loved me
and wanted my babies
now we've a son
that won't accept maybes
he needs to know
that you and I are through
after all that you did to me
how could I want you

there was a time when
you were my best friend
and somedays I wish
that time could come back again
I sit alone and think about
all we used to do
I get so confused
a little sad, and blue too
2000 Jim Nasium

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Again, All Alone

Where do they come from
these people I read
they all have such sadness
it makes my heart bleed
they all seem to be
from some other place
where nothing goes right
an emotionless face

they write sad poems
but I really don't care
they don't know what they'd have
if they'd get out of the chair
they sit in all day
as they talk on the phone
or write on the computer
again, all alone

too bad they can't see
there is much more to life
than to just be
some man's wife
or some woman's husband
and work all day through
to give away the money
you know that it's true

the time has come
to make you all understand
there is much more to life
and life could be grand
if you'd just get up
and take a long walk
meet people on the street
and stop them to talk

or get in your car
and take a nice ride
there is no need
to stay inside and hide
on line all day
or on the phone
inside in the darkness
again, all alone
2000 Jim Nasium

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It's Funny

It's funny how things go
strange the way things turn out
here one moment, gone the next
I never know what to expect anymore

it's funny the way thing went down
I would have never thought that you
could be so cold, so very cruel
I don't know what I am going to do

it's funny the way I fell
head first into your trap
confused by your siren song of love
I needed the things that you promised me

It's funny that I still want
all the things I don't need
maybe if I stop thinking of the good times
maybe if I could sleep

It's funny to me now
funny the way things go
I wonder where you are
I guess I'll never know
2000 Jim Nasium

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I Couldn't Be Sure


She told me that she worked in a Veterinary clinic, and that she had a plan to make millions of dollars, and that she was going to retire just as soon as she could, once her plan started to work for her. Her plan was to record the sounds of the clinic she worked in, and sell the recording, on CD's and tape. She planned to record the sound of the dogs barking, the cats meowing, all day long, and sell the recording to people who lived quiet lives..

I told her I thought she was insane, and I handed her my card, and asked her to check out my web site and to call me... She smiled, and she told me that she always knew that one day she would meet an artist, and fall for him in a big way, and at that moment she stold my heart. She was 20 years younger than I was, but at that moment, the age difference didn't even matter... We sat and talked about our plans, and our dreams, and our hopes for the future for some time, then we said goodnight. She said she would call me, but I couldn't be sure if she would or not.

As I drove home I thought to myself, that maybe people who lived quiet lives really would be interested in a tape, or CD of just the sounds of dogs barking and cats meowing, but I couldn't be sure...
2000 Jim Nasium

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The Next Person


the next person I say I love you to
I guess, will have to be me
because no one treats me better
so that's just the way it will be
only I understand me
no one else ever could
no one seems to care enough
I can only wish some one would

the next person I say I love you to
is gonn'a have to be me
I have no time for anyone else
that's the way it has to be
it seems I wasted too much time
trying to make love work
I guess I'm better off alone
at least I don't feel like a jerk

the next person I say I love you to
will have to know the real me
and will have to take the time
and try real hard to see
that I am just an average man
I have my wants and needs
no one can seem to understand
that's why my broken heart bleeds

the next person I say I love you to
will of course be myself
that way I can live alone
and won't have to share my wealth
with some lazy person
who tries to suck me dry
yes I guess I'll love myself
can you understand why?
2000 Jim Nasium

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Healthy, Wealthy & Dumb

I go early to bed
and early I rise
it's supposed to make me healthy
wealthy and wise
well that's what they say
but I know it's not true
how wise could I be
now that I've lost you

early to bed
to dream away the night
up at dawn
even though I don't feel right
working all day
out in the hot sun
I make a lott'a money
but have no time for fun

you may think that I'm
doing ok
but I got something to tell you
it's not really that way
I work all day
write and draw late into the night
I can't sleep at all
since you're gone nothing is right

early to bed, and early to rise
makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
well thats what I heard
long ago from some bum
but it's only made me
healthy, wealthy and dumb
2000 Jim Nasium

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No One Understands

no one understand me
no matter how hard I try
why is this to be my fate
can some one tell me why
all I want to do is write
and share my deepest dreams
I stay alone locked away
so no one can hear my screams
I draw the things that I see
deep inside my brain
have you any idea at all
why I like to walk in the rain?
2000 Jim Nasium

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She Would Always Be My Friend

The Latin guitars played a tango
as she danced in the center of the room
that allowed entrance into her garden the dim light was just bright enough
for all in the room to see
the lovely lady that was dancing
I wonder why she kept looking at me

The Latin moon full in the sky
reflected in the pond
out in her private courtyard
that was just beyond
the room she called her study
but it looked more like an bedroom to me
she asked me to join her here
she said she had something she wanted me to see

Latin night air fresh and crisp
blew in from the window down the hall
and filled the study with a scent
of flowers, cooking food and all
the other things that you could smell
like the fire burning in the fireplace in this room
I wonder what she wanted to show me
and if she'd join me soon

I waited for a little while
and then I started to think
that maybe she wasn't going to show
just then I heard her say want a drink
and thank you for coming
let me explain why I asked you here
there something I want you to know
so let me make myself clear

She came towards me slowly
she had my drink in her hand
she looked deep into my eyes
and said can you understand
that I want you badly
I hope you want me too
why not let your desires take over
and do what ever you want to do

I stood there for a moment
not knowing what to say
as I watched her take off her dress
I knew she wanted to play
games that lovers play at night
when they are all alone
she press her body against mine
and then she started to moan

Gently she slid down to the floor
right in front of me
she undid my belt, and pulled down my pants
and was very happy to see
that I was ready for her
and proud that I had a lot
of the thing that she wanted
so we got busy, right there on the spot

The hours passed by quickly
then dawn filled the room
we were still in each others arms
fate had sealed our doom
when she said it was time for me to go
and that she could never see me again
but if I wanted her to keep in touch
she would always be my friend
2000 Jim Nasium

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